To assess the impact of Islamist Mohamed Morsy becoming Egypt’s first freely-elected president, euronews spoke to its correspondent in Cairo, Riadh Muasses.
Jamel Ezzedini, euronews: “Riadh, the Egyptian election commission has announced the victory of Mohamed Morsy, the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate.
Will this trigger confrontation between Morsy and the military council, because of the implications of its constitutional declaration limiting presidential powers?”
Riadh Muasses: “Morsy’s election represents a victory for the Muslim Brotherhood but also for those who support it – by that, I mean the revolutionary forces.
“But, in reality, a new battle is brewing in the future between the Muslim Brotherhood and the military council over several sensitive issues concerning the powers of the new president.
“On top of that, there is a big problem over legislative power which is today in the hands of the military council – namely that parliamentary elections are going to have to be reorganised. The Muslim Brotherhood might not be able to get the same results that it got in the first parliamentary poll, especially because public opinion is split today between Shafik and Morsy. And other questions are also outstanding. They concern the new government and any procedure that might need to be followed in rewriting the constitution.”
euronews: “You mentioned divisions on the street and there has been talk of disagreements between electoral commission members over the appeals lodged by the two candidates, before Morsy’s victory was announced. Is all that going to raise tension? Could it trigger clashes between supporters of the two candidates?”
Riadh Muasses: “No, I don’t think so. I don’t think there will be an increase in violence. The appeals presented to the commission are not going to change anything as far as the results are concerned, because the gap between the two candidates is huge. Around two per cent, that is about a million votes. What is more, the electoral commission itself has confirmed that these appeals won’t change the declared results.”